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Collection of Southern California and Mexico Photographs: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Collection of Southern California and Mexico Photographs
    Dates (inclusive): approximately 1890-1910
    Collection Number: photCL 110
    Creator: Waite, C. B. (Charles Betts), 1861-1927;
    Extent: 114 photographs in 1 box; prints primarily 20.5 x 12.5 cm. (8 x 5 in.)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains photographs by commercial photographers dated ca. 1890-1910, illustrating recreation and scenery on Catalina Island, a hotel and public parks in Southern California, and various historical sites and street scenes in Mexico City. Many of the photographs include tourists and local residents, such as bathers on Catalina Island, and people in parks and towns.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Collection of Southern California and Mexico Photographs. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of an unknown donor, 1960.

    Biographical Note

    Photographer Charles Betts Waite (1861-1927) was born December 19, 1861, in Auburn Township, Ohio. He first delved into photography when he was in his late twenties, working as a view photographer for Burdick and Company in Los Angeles. Over time, Waite became known for his work as a landscape photographer with his own studio. After marrying at the age of thirty-five, Waite moved to Mexico City and established a photography studio there, specializing in views of the city. He became associated with the Sonora News Company and contracted with them to take photographs of Mexico's indigenous people and more out-of-the-way areas for travel magazines and books, and tourist postal cards. Waite lived in Mexico for almost 27 years before returning to Los Angeles in 1923. He died there on March 22, 1927.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains photographs by commercial photographers, dated ca. 1890-1910, illustrating recreation and scenery on Catalina Island, a hotel and public parks in Southern California, and various historical sites and street scenes in Mexico City. Many of the photographs include tourists and local residents, such as bathers on Catalina Island, and people in parks and towns.
    Photographs of Catalina Island include views of Avalon, Sugarloaf Point, sailboats and glass-bottom boats, steamships, bathers at the beach, a tent city, and sailors of the steamship the “San Diego”. California views include Missions San Gabriel, San Fernando, and San Juan Capistrano; the Coronado Hotel in San Diego; Central Park, St. James Park, and Hollenbeck Park (all based in Los Angeles); Adams Street in Los Angeles; the Shakespearean actress Helena [Madame] Modjeska’s home in Orange County; and an interior view of Columbia Savings Bank’s then president Aaron M. Ozum’s residence at 3131 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. Photographs of Mexico depict the Cathedral de Mexico, Paseo de la Reforma, interiors and exteriors of Castillo de Chapultepec, Hotel Iturbide, Mercado Volador, Canal de la Viga, the daily lives of Mexican citizens, the Zócalo (now known as the Plaza de la Constitución), and various street scenes. There are 12 miscellaneous photographs (102-114), in small square or circular format, mounted on board, that appear to be among the oldest here. They show cargo ships at shipping docks (one identified "McNab & Smith Draying") possibly in San Francisco, a steamship, and gardens. C. B. Waite photographed 19 of the 114 prints in this collection. Other photographers who contributed to this collection are Charles F. Ironmonger, Frank L. Park, Percy Cox and R. J. Carmichael, J. C. Hatton Noren F. Swenson, and the Special View Company. Two photographers were identified on some photographs only by their surnames: Graham and Scott.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  
    Avalon (Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Bathing beaches -- Photographs.
    Canals -- Photographs.
    Cargo ships -- Photographs.
    Castillo de Chapultepec (Mexico City, Mexico) -- Photographs.
    Catedral de México -- Photographs.
    Gardens -- Photographs.
    Glass bottom boats -- Photographs.
    Golf courses -- Photographs.
    Hearses (Vehicles) -- Photographs.
    Hotel del Coronado (Coronado, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Houses--1890-1910 -- Photographs.
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Mission San Juan Capistrano -- Photographs.
    Palacio de Iturbide -- Photographs.
    Palacio Nacional (Mexico City, Mexico) -- Photographs.
    Parks--California--Los Angeles -- Photographs.
    Paseo de la Reforma (Mexico City, Mexico) -- Photographs.
    Plaza de la Constitución (Mexico City, Mexico) -- Photographs.
    Sailboats -- Photographs.
    San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Steamboats -- Photographs.
    Tourists -- Photographs.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Mexico City (Mexico) -- Photographs.
    Santa Catalina Island (Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Ironmonger, Charles, photographer.
    Park, Frank L.. photographer.
    Photographs.